President Edgar Lungu has arrived in South Africa for the ongoing 10th Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) summit in Johannesburg.
Zanis reports that the plane carrying President Lungu touched down at Lanseria International Airport in Johannesburg at round 16:35 hours today.
The President was welcomed by South Africa’s Minister of Tourism Thoko Xasa, Minister of Foreign Affairs Joe Malanji, Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa, Emmanuel Mwamba and embassy officials.
He is accompanied by Minister at State House, Freedom Sikazwe and other officials.
This evening, President Lungu will hold bilateral talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Johannesburg on the sidelines of the ongoing BRICS summit.
Tomorrow, President Lungu will be among several African leaders that will attend the 10th Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) summit outreach dialogue session in Johannesburg.
The BRICS is a grouping of emerging economies and their summit is being held at the Sandton International Convention Centre.
The theme for this year’s BRICS summit is, ‘BRICS in Africa: Collaboration for inclusive growth and shared prosperity in the 4th industrial revolution’.
Zambia has been invited to attend the 10th BRICS summit under the umbrella of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) together with other countries such as Ethiopia, Senegal, Uganda, Gabon, Rwanda and Togo.
President Putin, India’s Narendra Modi, President of China Xi Jinping, President of Brazil Michel Temer and President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa are attending as leaders of countries that make up the BRICS.
President Lungu is expected to return home tomorrow after winding up his engagements in Johannesburg.